What is Deschampsia?
Also known as tufted hair grass or tussock grass, Deschampsia is a genus of wild plants. It belongs to the Poecea grass family. The plant grows well in wetlands, but can adapt in dry climates with sufficient watering. Native to various habitats across the world, the perennial plants are available in about 40 species.
Despite being native to many places across the globe, hair grasses are green all-year round. Therefore, they find use as ornamental plants. Due to the hardy nature of hair grass, some varieties find use in reconstruction and restoration projects.
For instance, Deschampsia cespitosa is a variety tolerant to salt. As a result, it's often used in brackish waters and reclamation projects in regions at high altitudes. In the latter case, they're used in ski slopes, mines and meadows at high elevations.
It also finds use along river banks and in wetland areas to prevent soil erosion, a role attributed to its dense foliage. Deschampsia flexuosa is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.
The Deschampsia plants genus was named after Louis Auguste Deschamps, a naturalist and French physician. Naming of the genus occurred between 1765 and 1842.
Popular Deschampsia plant species include the following:
- Deschampsia flexuosa
- Deschampsia cespitosa
- Deschampsia tatra gold
- Deschampsia elongata
- Deschampsia northern lights
- Deschampsia goldtau
- Deschampsia schottland
- Deschampsia pixie fountain
- Deschampsia antarctica
- Deschampsia mexicana
Grow Deschampsia from Seeds at Home
You can grow Deschampsia seeds in containers or grow bags at home. The plants can add a fresh touch of nature in gardens or indoor spaces. The ornamental plants are perfect for beautifying landscapes, home patios and gardens.